Eric Fisher's former coach, now at Miami, compared Hurricanes commit to NFL star

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Eric Fisher's former coach, now at Miami, compared Hurricanes commit to NFL star


Eric Fisher's former coach, now at Miami, compared Hurricanes commit to NFL star


Chris Washington grew up in Iowa before moving to Nashville in middle school.

His next destination? South Beach and playing for Miami.

Washington, a 6-foot-7, 273-pound offensive tackle, committed to Miami in June, picking the Hurricanes over Ole Miss.

He’ll be coached by offensive line coach Butch Barry, who joined the Miami staff in January. Barry was on Central Michigan’s staff as tight ends coach when NFL offensive tackle and former overall No. 1 draft pick Eric Fisher played for the Chippewas.

“They like my length and how I can put on weight,” said Washington, whose family moved to Nashville after his dad had a job transfer. “Coach Barry talks about Eric Fisher and they compare me to him.”

There are similarities between Washington and Fisher, an offensive tackle with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fisher was a 6-7, 260-pound two-star offensive tackle and the No. 54 prospect in Michigan in 2009.

Washington, a three-star recruit, is the No. 42 prospect in Tennessee, according to the 247Sports Composite. Washington said he expects to be redshirted next season to gain more weight.

Washington caught Barry’s attention when the Miami assistant attended a spring workout at Overton. Barry talked to him the next day and offered.

“He said he was going to offer me,” Washington said. “But I wasn’t really listening, I guess. He reaffirmed it when I posted it on Twitter.”

Commitments are non-binding for the school and the athlete. Washington said he plans to sign during the early football signing period, which begins Dec. 18, and may try to graduate early to be an early enrollee.

Washington said that neither Tennessee or Vanderbilt offered him.

“(Miami is) getting a great kid,” Overton first-year coach Cole Peeples said. “Everybody looks up to him — literally and figuratively. He probably close to 275 to 280 now. I could see him redshirting and being 315 and playing that second year.

“He has got great footwork. Side to side he’s got good explosiveness. And he works his tail off. They are going to get a guy that’s not only talented, but has the heart for it.”

Washington has been catching up on Miami since his commitment.

“I didn’t really know much about Miami except for Michael Irvin, who played for the Dallas Cowboys,” he said. “I’ve read up on stuff since that.”

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